Little League All-Stars ready for District 1 open
Coach Ernie Frederick admits his team has a tough act to follow.
Following a South Tahoe Hooligan’s tournament win, the 1997 South Tahoe Little League 11-12 All-Star team will look to make it a Tahoe double-shot when it opens District 1 play today in Carson City.
“These kids are ready to take on the Oakland A’s,” said Frederick of his fired-up squad. “We’ve been practicing up to three hours a day, working on plays and covering all of the basics of baseball.”
A strong pitching staff highlights the Tahoe bunch as Ben Troglia, Jordan Lucas, Tyson Frederick, Dan Lucero and Jon Coats all can effectively toss the rock. Brandon Tinlin, Phillip Griffith, Jason Van Sooy, David Bosson, Mike Sheller, Robert Spees, Nick Aguilar, Jason Fiori and Josh Benham round out a bunch, which Frederick said has all the right stuff.
“It wouldn’t surprise me to see this team in the finals. They’re wound up and ready to fire at anybody who comes at them,” said Frederick of his team that manhandled the Hooligans in a scrimmage. “It’s tough to overcome the Reno teams. But I have a good feeling about these kids.”
Tahoe takes on Valley Providence at 6 p.m. at Governor’s Field, with the finals scheduled for this weekend. A tournament championship would send Tahoe to the state finals in Las Vegas. From there it would be on to Los Angeles for the regionals, with the ultimate destination being the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.
“I don’t think it really registered at first with these kids. But we’ve been talking with them and they know what’s at stake,” said Frederick, who will work with coaches Dave Bosson and Mike Moss.
In other All-Star action, the South Tahoe 9-10 squad was eliminated on Friday, 9-8. Tahoe finished 2-2 in the tournament.
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